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Situation: The argument weighs the pros and cons of custom and generic suits, reaching the conclusion that the cost-effectiveness of the two options is roughly balanced.

Reasoning: Which statement contains information that is necessary to evaluate the validity of this conclusion?

(A) Incorrect: Both the premise and the conclusion of this argument have to do with the economy of suits. While some professionals may highly value the degree of comfort, it’s immaterial to this particular argument.

(B) Incorrect: We know custom suits are far more expensive than generic suits; specific, small economies of scale are extremely unlikely to weigh heavily on the conclusion.

(C) Correct: Custom suits are significantly pricier than generic suits; in order for that price increase to pay off, the savings on repairs needs to be equally significant. This question cuts to the heart of the issue.

(D) Incorrect: Difficulty to produce suits is presumably already factored into the price of the suits, and is otherwise irrelevant.

(E) Incorrect: As above, the raw materials cost is almost certainly already factored into the price.

C is the correct answer.

The word “suit” is derived from the Latin verb “sequor,” because the different parts follow one another and are made of the same fabric.


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